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While serving in Da Nang, South Vietnam, in 1968, I was approached by a Vietnamese woman with the “Free World Forces,” tears streaming, saying she’d lost her mother, her, husband, grandfather, and two of her siblings as a result of a mortar attack. She asked me to help her find plywood to repair her hutch. …
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Why does this little four-letter word keep nagging leaders? I believe it’s because most leaders don’t have the courage to engage it, don’t have the capability to discuss it, and lack the capacity to formulate strategies to resolve it. And then there are those who don’t care. As a member of the Diversity Panel for …
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Colorblindness

February 1st, 2017 | Posted by David Whitfield in Racial Justice - (0 Comments)

  Don’t Talk about Race, Please Don’t talk about race!  I don’t see color. Well, what if we said the same about gender, poverty, disabilities?  I don’t see gender. Or, I don’t see poverty! That’s a serious and damaging way of denying the reality of a “different” other: an ethnically, racially, and ably different fellow …
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Dear White America: How frightening! “We didn’t have racism until Obama was elected”? “Blacks hate Whites because Whites are successful and Blacks are not.”? “If you’re black and haven’t succeeded in the past 50 years, it’s your fault. You’ve had every opportunity.”? “Black communities are in worse shape than ever, ever, ever!”? Wow! Why are …
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“I am free to say to you that, in my opinion this government of ours is founded on the white basis. It was made by the white man, for the benefit of the white man, to be administered by white men, in such a manner as they should determine.” [Italics mine]        Stephen A. Douglas …
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Is Racism an Illness?

June 17th, 2016 | Posted by David Whitfield in Racial Justice - (0 Comments)

Is It an Illness? My post “Is Black Skin a Leadership Issue?” on my May 31st was perhaps a bit obtuse, or perhaps a bit inconvenient. Please view the 2-minute 11- second video below and reread the earlier post. The video is quite informative about how we deal with difference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEpSoaj8hfQ Does the video change …
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Leadership Gone Wild?

January 27th, 2016 | Posted by David Whitfield in Global Justice - (8 Comments)

Leadership Gone Wild? Our Belligerent Presidential Candidates “He who wishes to fight must first count the cost… When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming… men’s weapons will grow dull and their ardor will be dampened.” Sun Tzu Something keeps nagging at me about our “leaders.” And when I hear  candidates, …
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Letter to GOP Candidates

December 24th, 2015 | Posted by David Whitfield in Global Justice - (2 Comments)

Dear GOP Candidates: Among you are liars, bullies, insulters, character assassins, and phonies—not presidential. And you think our military will continue fighting wars you start based on lies? You talk tough-fluff about bombing until the sand glows, carpet bombing which is NOT legal. You talk as if there are no laws of war. Either you don’t …
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I’ve thought about this more than I wanted; that being black is worse than having cancer! And that’s because cancer is potentially curable. Blackness is not. There is no pill, injection, therapy, or modalities that will restructure a black person’s predicament. Not true with cancer. Being black is a target. Born black is a stigma, …
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